The Literacy Crisis That’s Been Ignored for 40 years

Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and best practices to teach reading for decades. The problem: most educators dont know the science of reading, or even that there is a science of reading. Meaning, we’ve had the information we needed for over 20 years on how to produce strong readers, yet no action was made on the findings. Recent studies have even shown that many of the strategies teachers teach for reading are actually causing more harm than good for their reading skills. Children are being set up for failure from the begining.

Here we are decades later and schools are still not lining up with the science. 

Kids are not being taught how to read because for decades teachers have been using strategies and curriculum based on false claims on how children learn how to read. We put no blame on teachers. Teachers continue to be trained in this harmful way even though the theories were debunked before many teachers were even born.

53% of California’s third graders read below grade level.

Teachers are trained to teach reading because the government dropped billions of dollars on curriculum that was aligned with their false theory.

If you’re like most parents, you take your kids to school with the idea that youre child will be taught to read without

In 1997, to address the literacy crisis, congress along with the NICHD and the U.S. Dept of Education appointed a National Reading Panel made up of 14 educators and scientists to evaluate existing research and evidence to find the best ways of teaching children to read.

The NRP concluded their research and submitted their final report on April 13, 2000

Over 20 years ago, the federal government released an extensive review of research that took place over decades by the National Reading Panel (NRP). The federal government The NRP published a 449 page review of the rigorous research that’s been conducted over decades and to answer the questions….

Congress tasked the NRP to “assess the status of research based knowledge, including the effectiveness of various approaches to teaching children to read.” Additionally, the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) provided a set of specific questions to pin-point problems and solutions.

1 out of 4 kids in fourth grade can not read at grade level. This means they can not read key words that are needed to understand the text.

In 2020, a group of students, parents and advocates won a lawsuit against the California State Department of Education and State Board of Education for failing to provide students with their basic right to an education. (CalMatters)

Harvard has been slamming the government for years

The science of learning and behavior

Leandro Case

Politics and profit off public education.

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